McGinty's Mailbag: Arrest Of George Zimmerman

8:20 AM, Apr 16, 2012   |    comments
George Zimmerman (C) appears for a bond hearing at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility on April 12, 2012 (Gary Green/The Orlando Sentinel-Pool/Getty Images)
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(WUSA) -- We continue to get reaction to the arrest of George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin. Robin from Warrenton says it's about time:

"If people remember...the 911 operator told Mr. Zimmerman that he doesn't need to follow Mr. Martin, but Mr. Zimmerman still did. Why was Mr. Zimmerman still following Mr. Martin after he was told not to?"

And Susan from Alexandria wonders why it has to be all about the race issue:

"...No matter who was what color, if someone comes up behind you int he dark with a gun in hand, you are going to feel threatened and you are going to fight for your life. I think the nationwide outrage is over the proposition that the one with the gun could claim self-defense...There's a lot more to know about this, and I hope it won't be turned into a black-white issue."

Well, Susan, it appears that Trayvon Martin's race may have been a big part of why he looked "suspicious" to Zimmerman in the first place, and some believe it's why Zimmerman wasn't arrested at first either. Regardless of what might be more comfortable for all of us. It's hard to argue race isn't a part of this. 

Finally, this from Jeff in Falls Church who says he used to be on a neighborhood watch: 

"...Gung-ho like Zimmerman, I wanted to work only the night watchman's shift since that was when most crimes are committed. But the motto was "observe but don't intervene" as we were not police officers. ...It was always a bit unsettling and disconcerting during that time that we were armed only with a cellphone, harsh language, and a clipboard."

I can understand why you may have wanted a gun, Jeff, but I think you understand why confronting potential criminals armed like a cop but without police training is a recipe for...well, exactly what's going on right now.

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